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Frank E. Thomas
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Frank E. Thomas

The first table below presents Frank E. Thomas's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Frank E. Thomas
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1990CHA22
60
7.14.90.5920.9
1.3
6.64.60.5880.81.2
1991CHA23
158
18.312.10.6022.6
4.2
18.812.60.6002.64.2
1992CHA24
160
21.615.70.5802.3
3.8
20.915.00.5822.33.7
1993CHA25
153
21.214.10.6012.9
4.3
19.013.80.5792.03.3
1994CHA26
113
15.29.30.6192.4
3.4
15.49.30.6242.53.6
1995CHA27
145
15.812.80.5520.9
2.3
17.812.70.5841.93.4
1996CHA28
141
16.413.50.5480.9
2.1
18.013.20.5761.83.0
1997CHA29
146
17.812.00.5992.2
3.6
17.512.20.5891.93.3
1998CHA30
160
14.912.30.5470.7
2.4
14.812.80.5370.42.1
1999CHA31
135
13.711.30.5480.8
2.1
13.211.30.5380.51.8
2000CHA32
159
17.111.80.5922.1
3.9
16.411.50.5881.93.7
2001CHA33
20
1.11.50.433-0.2
-0.0
1.41.40.505-0.00.2
2002CHA34
148
12.011.80.506-0.1
1.4
11.610.40.5280.41.8
2003CHA35
153
17.112.40.5801.9
3.7
15.511.10.5811.83.3
2004CHA36
74
7.44.60.6151.3
2.0
7.44.60.6141.32.0
2005CHA37
34
2.92.10.5830.4
0.6
3.12.30.5680.30.6
2006OAK38
137
14.810.30.5891.8
3.3
13.310.00.5721.22.7
2007TOR39
155
13.711.90.5340.4
2.0
13.211.00.5450.62.1
40
71
6.06.40.483-0.4
0.4
5.65.70.497-0.20.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,322
254.2190.80.57123.7
46.7
249.5185.50.57424.146.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
16
1.31.50.467 0.01.41.30.521 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,338
255.5192.30.571
46.7
250.9186.80.574 46.8


In his prime, Frank Thomas was sometimes cited as potentially the greatest right-handed hitter in major-league baseball history. So, was he?

The next table presents the top 10 players in career batting wins over (non-pitcher) average (among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records).

Top 10 Players, Batting Won-Lost Records
(sorted by Wins over Non-Pitcher Average)
Player eWin eLoss eWinPct WOPA
Barry Bonds306.8184.60.62456.6
Ted Williams253.3141.30.64252.2
Babe Ruth201.198.40.67148.8
Hank Aaron332.7232.80.58844.8
Mickey Mantle243.2150.30.61842.8
Willie Mays294.9200.30.59642.6
Stan Musial297.8208.90.58839.7
Lou Gehrig200.3118.00.62938.3
Frank Robinson276.3191.70.59038.3
Mel Ott234.7152.10.60737.8


In a separate article, I noted that there was some crossover between batting and baserunning. Frank Thomas was a wonderful hitter, but not much of a baserunner. As I noted in that article, three of the seven components of Batting have at least some baserunning component: Component 5, the ability to turn balls-in-play into hits; Component 6, the ability to generate extra-base hits on hits-in-play; and Component 7, the ability to avoid grounding into double plays. Frank Thomas was not particularly good at any of these three components. The other four components, on the other hand, can be thought of as more pure batting: Component 3, balls not in play), Component 4, balls in play, Component 8, the ability to avoid baserunner outs (as a batter), and Component 9, the ability to advance baserunners.

The next table shows the top 10 players in "pure batting" - components 3,4, 8, and 9 - net wins.

Pure Batting, Components 3, 4, 8, and 9
Top 10, career, sorted by Wins over Non-Pitcher Average
Player eWin eLoss eWinPct WOPA
Barry Bonds228.3110.30.67455.9
Ted Williams179.279.30.69347.5
Babe Ruth151.658.00.72345.1
Hank Aaron220.9133.10.62440.7
Mickey Mantle174.193.20.65138.0
Mel Ott161.584.40.65736.4
Willie Mays200.6122.50.62136.0
Harmon Killebrew172.196.80.64035.3
Frank Robinson189.1114.00.62435.0
Albert Pujols176.0104.00.62834.3


I actually expected Thomas to rank higher in the second list than the first, but he only moves ahead of one player (Stan Musial, for whom I have incomplete career data) while he gets passed by Harmon Killebrew. So, was Frank Thomas the greatest right-handed hitter in major-league baseball history (or at least, over the last 70 years)? Well, 4 of the 8 players ahead of Thomas on the first list and 5 of the 8 players ahead of him on the second list are right-handed. So, he probably wasn't the greatest right-handed hitter in major-league history. But being one of the top 10 hitters (regardless of batting hand) of the last 70 years is pretty damn good.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series


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